Monistrol de Montserrat Travel Guide
Getting instruction before getting...
Getting instruction before getting...
At first the easy part of the river.
Not too wild yet.
Watch out for the rock!
Rock splats technique.
Amazing views, deep history, a must see for religious folk.
In a nutshell
Worthwhile visiting for the religious and the non-religious alike.
Hiking – Game plan strategy.
Most people try to rush the Monistrol de Montserrat area on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Monistrol de Montserrat properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited...
Hiking – Take time to meander.
Take time to meander - losing yourself in some of the alleys, small streets and lanes is one of Monistrol de Montserrat’s’ old town's principal pleasures. Some of the streets wind and wander with no discernible order or object. After our stroll we rewarded ourselves with a...
Hiking – The entire medieval area.
The monastery of Montserrat is a place with a lot of history indeed. The monastery, which is surrounded by small chapels and hermit's caves, was founded in 880 AD and enlarged in the eleventh century. The compact place is easy to get around, and the ideal place to explore on...
Montserrat National Park – Fragile vegetation.
The way back was not as grueling, as we were going mainly either flat or at a smaller incline. We went back along a different path toward a funicular which took us back down to the monastery. The entire hike to St. Jeroni and back took us about 5 hours, which was longer than...
Montserrat National Park – Our hike up.
Montserrat is really cool, because it is different from the other mountains of the region. It looks like giant monster teeth and fingers jutting out of the ground. It has also been described as a giants’ playground, with sandcastles of rock. It is a major destination for...
Montserrat National Park – Part of the Pyrenees.
Just opening Wikipedia will tell that (and I quote) "the Pyrenees is a range of mountains in southwest Europe that forms a natural border between France and Spain. It separates the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of continental Europe, and extends for about 491 km (305 mi)...
Monastery Cafeteria: Large and Convenient
There is a very large cafeteria at the monastery with complete warm meals, sandwiches, snacks, ice cream and deserts etc. The cafeteria prices are reasonable and the food I'm happy to say has improved. Not especially tasty but eatable and plentiful. There are complete warm...
Travelling with (young) kids.
Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with Iris and Sam Tarragona Corfu by plane this holiday and drove some distances by car on the island itself and we learned a few things that...
Train to Benedictine monk mountain
We chose train to get to Montserrat. There are 12 trains a day leaving from the Plaça d'Espanya in Barcelona. The train connects with an aerial cable way (Aeri de Montserrat), which is included in the fare of 12€ round-trip.You can also drive there. Take the N-2 southwest of...
Friendly for little kids.
There are a lot of things you have no idea of once you're planning your trip. For us it is always a surprise how the facilities are for our two little kids. We were pleasantly amazed by the fact that Montserrat is a place that is very, very friendly for little kids.First of...
"Les Quatre Barres."
The four bars on the 'senyera', the Catalan flag, are said to represent the four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona. The Senyera is a vexillological symbol that consists of four red stripes on a golden background. It historically represented the king of Crown...
Reading a map!
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under...
Basilica – Lots of chapels inside.
For most people it is essential to a visit to Montserrat for three main reasons. Firstly, it is a beautiful Gothic building. Secondly, it is the home of Montserrat's choral concerts. Thirdly, it houses the statue of the Black Madonna. For us the main reason to visit this...
Basilica – Lighting a candle.
Although we were quite early when we first arrived at the Basilica of Montserrat we were already allowed to enter it. A huge advantage of our early arrival was the fact that there were almost no tourists yet. Either the bus / coach was still on his way or everybody was...
Basilica – The open-roofed courtyard.
Arriving at the Montserrat Monastery makes you just want to visit the Basilica immediately. This is because of the fact that the Basilica sits at the very heart of Montserrat Monastery and simply can’t be missed. As we were quite early we decided to go to the Basilica in one...
Luggage and bags: * Map and guidebook;
* 2 Liter of water;
* Fruit / power bars.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
* 1 extra t-shirt;
* Shorts with many pockets;
* Fleece type jacket;
* Hat / cap;
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
* (Neck) sunblock;
Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of SD cards!
* Extra batteries;
* Lens 210 mm.
Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
Written Feb 22, 2013
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- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
Tarragona - Do take time to meander.
Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes is one of the Old Town´s principal pleasures. The streets wind and wander with no discerrible order or object. We rewarded ourselves with a cool cup of gelato for our effort! But you won´t do...
Tarragona - One huge archaeological site.
Most people try to rush Tarragona on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Tarragona properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Tarragona we saw on a city map that the...
Rafting in the Pyrenees - What an amazing ride!
We were descending the powerful rapids of the Aude river in this rubber dinghy, using peddles to steer away from the rocks and move along other obstacles. We found out that boat used (zodiac type) was very safe and had a great resistance to the blows. We sat in the raft with...
Rafting in the Pyrenees - Own level of difficulty.
The ROC Aqua Rafting Company has 3 trips to undertake. The beginners trip (2 trips available): The St George gorge: beautiful itinerary (level 3), of about 7 kilometres, that usually is practiced in the morning.The Pierre-Lyse gorge: aprogressive itinerary (level 4) of...
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